Chelsea Women vs. West Ham United, FA Cup preview, predicted XI

After a little over three weeks off, Chelsea Women return to the pitch to kick off its defense of the FA Cup against West Ham United without the Australian star up top.
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Sjoeke Nusken was not in the traveling squad to Morocco, but was seen in a recent training video. Due to that, it's likely she misses out on the starting XI on Sunday. That means the same midfield defensive double pivot as the BK Hacken match should get the start. Don't count out Melanie Leupolz for a spot on the bench though. She hasn't made an appearance since that last time the Blues met the Irons, but has been seen working her way back via the club's socials. Nathalie Björn, the club's newest signing may earn a place on the bench with her services being more regularly utilized in the coming months.

Chelsea Women vs. West Ham United predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger

Defenders: Jess Carter, Kadeisha Buchanan, Eve Perisset, Ashley Lawrence

Midfielders: Erin Cuthbert, Sophie Ingle, Lauren James

Forwards: Mia Fishel, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Guro Reiten

Chelsea Women vs. West Ham United match info

Date: Sunday, January 14

Time: 13:00 GMT, 8:00 a.m. EST

TV Broadcast: FA Player